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Have You Made A "Bucket List"?

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

I have yet to watch the movie with Jack Nicholson, "The Bucket List" but I have seen snippets on the TV while surfing around.
It got me thinking... what do I want to accomplish before I am called up yonder?

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all." Helen Keller"

I am very good at getting my dishes washed, making the bed, buying groceries and filling the car up with gasoline. (All necessary bits of life.)
BUT on my deathbed will I be wishing I had washed more dishes or took the garbage out on time, a few more times? Not likely.

Today I posted the Question Of The Day on the Victorian Tea Parlour Group site, 'what would you say is on your Bucket List?'

I have always wanted to be good at painting. I don't care if it is watercolours, acrylic, oil or mixed media. But I don't take the time to give it a try.
So much of my life is just like that example. So here goes:

- I want to write my own song. Heck, let's get it recorded on a disc!
- I want to try flying in a hot air balloon.
- For the need for speed, I'll give ziplining a try too.
-I would like to get married again. (There, that didn't hurt.)
-I would sew my own gown this time, I think.
-I want to see Washington DC in the spring with all the cherry blossoms blooming.
- I'd like to shake hands with Nelson Mandella
- I would enjoy learning how to host a radio show.
- Learn to paint a landscape.
- Read all the novels by Margaret Atwood
- My pastry talent is poor. I would like to make an edible apple pie with 'heaven;y' crust!
- I would love to learn to dive into a pool of water without looking like a train wreck.
- I would enjoy a vegetable garden with all my favourites: carrots, peas, green beans and beets.
- I would love to go to The Empress Hotel in Victoria for high tea. ($$$$)
- I want to learn how to sea kayak... I can walk to the sea for goodness sake.
- I'll give an all terrain vehicle a try. (Now, where is that sports bra hiding?)
- I'd like to visit England again. Let's tour London and some teeny villages too.
- I would enjoy making a stained glass window.
- Anyone want to teach me salsa dancing? I promise to focus.
- I'd like to take my sister and mom up to Alaska altogether.
- OK, I'd take my adult daughter too. Yeah, she'd be a blast.
- I'd like to drive an extremely expensive vehicle... I'm not picky. (Make it sleek and vintage.)
- I'd like to spend more time in a hot tub.
- I could be the author of a children's book.
- I'd like to hostess a tea party for my neighbourhood ladies. I think 15 ladies would be just about right.
- I'd like to be on a sailboat in the Caribbean for a weekend.
- I would enjoy visiting the world's best museums.
- Take my dad out karaoke singing again, on a weekly basis.
- During a walk in the woods, I would like to try using a video camera.

Maybe my list isn't as extreme or exciting as yours would be. Take a moment and imagine what you would like to experience before you are past your 'best before date.'

Got any ideas??

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CANBDONE 12/12/2009 9:53PM

    May your joys be completed and your dreams be closer!

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GABY1948 12/8/2009 3:07PM

    I have not seen the movie either...I don't see many. But I love your list and it has me thinking of several things I would put on such a list. Thanks for getting me thinking.

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BONNIE627 12/8/2009 3:04PM

    I have never seen the bucket list either, but there are several things that I would have liked to have done..you have a great list there and I hope that you set about tackling some of them.. I plan to sit down and write out a bucket list also.. you have gotten me to thinking..

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IUHRYTR 12/8/2009 2:53PM

    Looks like you have a lot to do. But better a big dreamer than someone with no dreams. Best of success to you on achieving all of these. -- Lou

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FREDDY1232 12/8/2009 2:23PM

    That's a wonderful list it is good that you know what you want out of life. You can set out to do a few of those you have listed...Why wait until you are on your death bed?

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BLUEROSE73 12/8/2009 2:11PM

    That's a wonderful list. Now to tackle it.

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LITTLE_QUEEN 12/8/2009 1:23PM

    That is a great Bucket List you have Karen

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JEANNE229 12/8/2009 1:07PM

    Watching "Bucket List" makes one take stock of life. It has many good lessons! Thanks for the reminder.

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What Lovely Christmas Lights On Our Gutters!

Friday, December 04, 2009

Hey friends. If you read my blog last night (after dark) you'll be glad to know that my tongue is healing nicely. (hee hee)
Everything went well outdoors on the ladder in the chilly evening air. He was on the ladder and I was on terra firma saying my "Ooohs and Aaahs" and "Looks great, Dear!"

And they do.

We opted for 2 strings of clear Christmas lights. They are so much brighter than in days of old. These two strands are supposed to be low wattage and qualify as having a low carbon footprint.
That is all way too much info for the cheery time of year, don't ya think?

So, our light look lovely but the difficult "some-assembly-required" chairs are another story.
We took all 4 chairs back to the store before going to work, and we (notice I wrote "we") were constructing them improperly. We had a look at the floor models so we now have a new plan of attack.

Tonight, after work and before dinner, we can try "the other way" of putting them together. (If you are a woman, perhaps you can read between the lines and understand what 'the other way' means.)

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LITTLE_QUEEN 12/4/2009 10:07PM

    Lights sound so pretty, and LOL! I hate just hate putting stuff together, I am no good at it at all, Good Luck!

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GABY1948 12/4/2009 9:53PM

    LOL...drink lots of icy liquids for that tongue...been there! Sounds like you get a gold star for your quietude. Good job.
And I can almost see those lights in my mind...but I can't even imagine the chairs you are talking about. But I can read between those lines!
Glad everything is working out well.

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FREDDY1232 12/4/2009 1:10PM

    I am so glad that things are "coming together" for both of you. Good job of keeping your cool. Your lights sound lovely. Hang in there. Christmas is only three weeks from today. emoticon

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Biting My Tongue

Thursday, December 03, 2009

No, this is not a new way to curb eating. I am typing at the computer at the same time my fellow is outside in the dark putting up the Christmas lights.
The important part is the "in the dark", as we have sunset around 4:15pm and it is now 7:44pm. The is D-A-R-K.
He will be on a ladder and he doesn't want any assistance.

If I sit in here, I feel it is wrong. If I go out there, I may say or do the incorrect thing... so I am between a rock and a hard place.

This could wait until Saturday is the sunshine, but tonight we had trouble constructing chairs from a box and they are going back to the store tomorrow morning... unassembled.

So now it 'light night' to work off the frustration.

sigh. I'm going outside to watch.

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BONNIE627 12/4/2009 7:40AM

    LOL being female it is soo hard to keep our mouths shut..good luck to you..

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MSLZZY 12/4/2009 7:23AM

    Hope all went well with the lights! I'm putting ours up when I can see. My box said "flashlight
not included" LOL!

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EGRAMMY 12/4/2009 6:22AM

    I am laughing so hard, you made my day. Been there, done that. Mine is almost 80 at the second story on a tall ladder cleaning out eaves that any of our kids or teen grandkids would do if he'd allow. I have gotten philosophical after 52 years that he is going to do what he is going to do. (And it's lightly raining, and he has a bad heart and dizzy spells.) If he falls, I'd call emergency but the time he was in an ambulance, after an accident, he got mad and climbed out. I'd have to knock him unconscious before I called 911. What to do..... Can't live with them and can't live without them.....

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DDOORN 12/4/2009 6:11AM

    Hey at least you'll be joining him outside!

Getting SO dark, SO early...tough time of year that way...!


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GABY1948 12/4/2009 5:11AM

    Yep, I know just where you are...been there before. Just learned to keep my mouth shut...boy, can that be HARD! Hope it all worked out!
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YAFENELRA 12/4/2009 12:19AM

    Watch but don't make any suggestions!! This job is one that can easliy get frustrating.

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DIVALICIOUS7 12/3/2009 11:36PM

    Let him work it out - keep your distance - it will save you from any further aggravation Hugs Claire

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LITTLE_QUEEN 12/3/2009 11:33PM

    He is just being a man, LOL!

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SPARKGRLJEN 12/3/2009 11:31PM

    You don't need the frustration! :)
Hope You have a great Friday!

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FREDDY1232 12/3/2009 11:24PM

    Yes, You are in a hard spot. If it were my husband. He would become grouchy with me and then I would stalk off to the house. But you can't act indifferent even though your help seems to be not wanted. I am sure he would enjoy your support. Good Luck emoticon

Comment edited on: 12/3/2009 11:25:21 PM

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EMSSBEARS 12/3/2009 11:07PM

    Good luck with your tongue-LOL- hope it doesn't get you in trouble. I hope he doesn't get like most men when they are frustrated and become careless - I agree I would have to go out too and watch.

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EMSSBEARS 12/3/2009 11:07PM

    Good luck with your tongue-LOL- hope it doesn't get you in trouble. I hope he doesn't get like most men when they are frustrated and become careless - I agree I would have to go out too and watch.

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BUFFALOGAL1952 12/3/2009 10:54PM

    I think "watch" is the key word here! Save yourself some aggravation...Step away from his frustration!!!!

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Symbols Of Christmas (A Groaner)

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Three guys pass away on Christmas Eve and are met by St. Peter.

St. Peter says, "In honor of the season, you must each possess something that symbolizes Christmas."

The first man fumbles through his pockets and pulls out two lighters. He holds them up proudly and flicks them on.

"What do they symbolize?" asks St. Peter.

"They're candles!"

"Ah! You may pass through the Pearly Gates."

The second man fumbles through his pockets and pulls out a couple sets of keys. He holds them up proudly and shakes them.

"What do they symbolize?" inquires St. Peter.

"They're bells!"

"Ah! You may pass through the pearly gates!"

The third man fumbles desperately through his pockets, finally pulling out a skimpy pair of silky woman's panties. He holds them up proudly.

Puzzled, St. Peter asks, "What do they symbolize?"

"They're Carol's!"

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FREDDY1232 12/2/2009 1:18PM

    Really cute..LOL

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SOCKGIRL1991M 12/2/2009 12:00AM

    Oh, that was bad!
...and yet, I'm still laughing.

Thanks for giggles.

Brightest Blessings,

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CRISCOBEAR 12/1/2009 11:07PM

    lol too cute!

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Have a Wonderful Holiday!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

I would like to wish all my Spark friends a very happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful weekend. You may be at home, you may get out visiting... whatever you end up doing, I hope you enjoy the beginning of the holiday season.

Up here in Canada, we celebrated Thanksgiving last month. Our harvest is earlier, so the tradition was decided on as an October holiday.

I will be thinking of your gettogethers and the sharing of family stories. If you are spending this time alone, plan to meditate on things you are thankful for.

Don't make it 'all about the food'. That gets us into trouble. You shouldn't deprive yourself of anything, but plan to keep an eye on the portions control. It can be a fun time of celebrating without stuffing too much down the ol' hatch.

May God bless you and yours this Thanksgiving!

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FREDDY1232 11/27/2009 10:56PM

    Thank You for the good wishes. The day was very nice.

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DAPHNERUNNING 11/26/2009 9:47AM

    Thank you for the kind wishes! I hope that you have a wonderful day as well!

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PATTK1220 11/26/2009 9:13AM

    Thank you for your good wishes! This is a time to reflect on all we have to be thankful for and to thank those who are serving to keep us all safe and well.

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IUHRYTR 11/26/2009 3:21AM

    Thank you. I hope you, too, have a peaceful and enjoyable day. -- Lou

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